Cars

2012 Audi TT RS – All-weather streetfighter perfect for Canada

2012 Audi TT RS – All-weather streetfighter perfect for Canada

I’d like to believe in Karma, that cosmic principle of reward and punishment.  Simply stated – ‘what goes around, comes around’, and if you’ve led a good life, you will be rewarded. Let’s say you’ve done all the ‘right’ things in life.  You attended university and now you’ve got a […]

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2012 Porsche Cayman R – The Ultimate Track Weapon?

2012 Porsche Cayman R – The Ultimate Track Weapon?

Maximum performance.  Race ready.  That pretty much sums up Porsche’s Cayman R.  In the proverbial knife fight metaphor, the Cayman R wouldn’t just be a gun, it’d be a laser-guided missile. To create the R, Porsche put the Cayman on an extreme diet and beefed it up with some special […]

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GarageShots – new premium hot rod magazine hits the streets

Hot rod enthusiasts have treasured magazines that showcase the hobby ever since building the four-wheel beauties took off in the 1950s.  Hot rod magazines are a valuable repository of ‘build’ ideas, allowing the reader to scrutinize every square inch of chrome, study the flow of every body line and visualize […]

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan – Best in Class Driving Fun

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan – Best in Class Driving Fun

Volkswagen’s Tiguan was first introduced to Canadians in 2008.  Now, approaching the end of its production cycle, the German compact SUV receives useful upgrades for 2012 – the front end is ‘freshened’ with a new quartet of horizontal chrome strips, giving the Tiguan a fresh ‘face’ that’s now consistent across […]

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Here’s the note I sent to one newspaper automotive section editor about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. Dear Editor: Let me start by apologizing.  Your stern warnings to stop filing ‘gushy-gooey’ car reviews are still ringing in my ears.  Really.  As a “car person”, you know it takes dedicated nit […]

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2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

In 2010 when General Motors first launched the then all-new Regal, Buick won accolades for producing a class-leading mid-size sedan.  When I tested the full-production model last year, I was totally impressed with Regal and unreservedly declared it one of the top ten cars I’d tested in 2011. If you […]

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Premiere

2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Premiere

The Volkswagen Beetle is totally redesigned for 2012, and its new styling is a major improvement over the first generation ‘New Beetle’ produced from 1997-2010.  The old model was welcomed with open arms as Volkswagen craftily tapped into the neural pleasure centres of baby boomers yearning to re-live the 1960s […]

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2012 Ford Transit Connect Taxi

2012 Ford Transit Connect Taxi

For 2012, Ford is offering a taxi cab version of it’s innovative, city-friendly Transit Connect commercial cargo truck with the suitable modifications that could make this vehicle the North American equivalent of the legendary London taxicab. The new Transit Connect Taxi has a small footprint, with similar length/width dimensions as […]

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An Inside Look at Volvo Safety Engineering – Interview with Safety Centre Chief, Hans Nyth

(From the Archives – originally published Aug., 2010.) When car buyers think ‘safety’, undoubtedly one of the first brands that springs to mind is Swedish manufacturer Volvo.  And for good reason.  Volvo has a long list of safety ‘firsts’ for a production company such as 3-point (lap and shoulder) seat […]

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Fuel Economy – Automotive Technology’s New Holy Grail

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is a complaint I often hear, and to that I joyously respond, hallelujah!    There’s no denying today’s automobiles lack the beautiful esthetics of the ‘50s and ‘60s.  While today’s cars lack the sheet metal artistry and mechanical simplicity of that period, there’s […]

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